Friday, March 29, 7pm
The Studio at KAC, 501 N. Grand Blvd.
Left Bank Books welcomes Very Smart Brothas co-founder Damon Young, who will sign and discuss his new memoir-in-essays, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker, with St. Louis American Young Leader Alona Sistrunk!
For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as “How should I react here, as a professional black person?” and “Will this white person’s potato salad kill me?” are forever relevant. Young chronicles his efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a hilarious and honest debut that is both a celebration of the idiosyncrasies and distinctions of Blackness and a critique of white supremacy and how we define masculinity.
“Damon Young is one of the most fearless and important young writers today. A devastatingly funny critique of racism, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker is a humorous and deep dive into the culture and a life lived in that precarious state we call blackness.” --Michael Eric Dyson, author of What Truth Sounds Like
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!
From singing the house down as lead in a negro spiritual-inspired musical, to investigating alleged voting rights violations at the Department of Justice, to blogging about the politics of hair in the black community, to protesting for civil rights at the nation’s capital and on the streets of Ferguson, Alona Sistrunk has traveled a winding road to self-discovery. But, through it all, being unapologetically Black has never led her astray. Today, the St. Louis native still lives at the intersection of creativity and advocacy. In 2017, Alona was elected to serve as trustee of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri board. She is a proud 2018 St. Louis American Young Leader award recipient and a 2017 New Leaders Council fellow.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.